East African Rice Pila

Serves 4-8


  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ to 2 Tbsp. of 13’s Pilau Masala Spice Mix (depending on spice preference)
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 4 cups chicken, beef or vegetable broth or water
  • ½ tsp salt (more if you are using water)


1. In a medium pot over medium heat, add the oil, butter and diced onion. Cook until the onion is softened - about 3-4 minutes.

2. Add the minced garlic and 13’s Pilau Masala Spice Mix and cook for another 2 minutes.

3. Add the rice and stir thoroughly to coat the rice in the mixture.

4. Add the broth (or water) and salt. Bring to a boil, stir, place a lid on the pot and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and rice is fully cooked.

5. Remove from heat, keep the lid on and let rice sit for 5 minutes.

Fluff with a fork before serving. Serves as a side dish to any meal.